Meet the team – NPA members

Changing the “obesigenic environment” we currently live in is a major focus of the programme, so working with the food industry and urban designers is a key strategy. Achieving changes at this level means it is easier for the community to make healthy choices around eating and physical activity. The NPA interim steering group has members from health agencies, local authorities, Iwi, Ministry of Social Development, education and sports bodies.

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board is the funder of health services in the region. It is also the major provider of community and hospital-based health and disability services

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board has two main functions:

  • it is responsible for determining and meeting community health needs through planning and funding of personal health, Ma-ori health, mental health, public health and some disability support services.
  • it is committed to being a leader in the provision of efficient, high quality hospital, health and disability services.

The following four sections of the NMDHB are represented in the NPA Programme

Primary and Community Division is responsible for developing more integrated and accessible public health, community and primary health care services in the Nelson Marlborough district. The division reflects the board’s intent of moving, over time, the investment from hospital to more community based services. It has a key linkage to PHOs and has the NPA Programme and Public Health Service as part of its structure.

Public Health Service promotes and protects the health of the public through:

  • preventive health services (Public Health Nursing, Sexual Health Clinic services, screening, health promotion)
  • regulatory health protection services (food safety, infectious disease surveillance, environmental health and pandemic planning).

Planning and Funding Division is responsible for the allocation and management of health and disability funds, focusing on improving the health status of the district. The focus is on the planning aspects of service provision and the development of innovative purchasing approaches to achieve improved integration of services.

Te Puawai Hauora (Maori Health Unit) is a focus point of Ma-ori health development, providing cultural stability to Ma-ori staff and monitoring Ma-ori health gain within the DHB services. The unit develops strategies and builds effective relationships within communities, working with local Iwi, Maori Health Providers, PHO and Nelson-Marlborough Hospitals.

Heart Foundation – Nelson Branch

NHF logo (2)Heart Foundation is a not-for-profit NGO that funds research and promotes heart health to reduce the rates of cardiovascular disease in New Zealand by encouraging people to make positive lifestyle changes developing environments which make healthy choices easy. The simple but effective message is to eat a heart healthy diet, enjoy regular physical activity and be smokefree. The Foundation’s objectives include:

  • strengthening its scientific and research roles
  • contributing to the reduction of obesity in New Zealand
  • ensuring people at high cardiovascular risk and those with established disease receive optimal care.


Kanohi means face in Maori and this is a good description of the inter-sectoral group formed in Marlborough just over two years ago. Our group is made up of different organisations and community groups that meet monthly in Blenheim to work together to improve nutrition and physical activity in the region.

Tasman District Council

Tasman District Council encourages the people of Tasman to live a healthy and active lifestyle through:

  • funding provision of facilities, parks and reserves such as Saxton Field, the Richmond ASB Aquatic Centre and the Motueka Recreation Centre.
  • producing publications including Boredom Busters for school holidays, Jam Magazine for young people, Mudcakes and Roses for the elderly and the series of Walk and Bike Tasman booklets.
  • supporting programmes including Way 2 Go, Big Day Out holiday programme and summer community events.
  • employing Recreation Coordinators in Takaka, Motueka, Richmond and Murchison.

Healthy Eating – Healthy Action Oranga Kai – Oranga Pumau

Healthy Eating – Healthy Action (HEHA) is the Ministry of Health’s strategic approach to improving nutrition, increasing physical activity and achieving healthy weight for all New Zealanders.

The Iwi Health Board

The Iwi Health Board is mandated by the eight Manawhenua Iwi of Te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Maui as the Iwi relationship board to the NMDHB Board.IWI Logo4

 The function of the Iwi Health Board, as described in the Memorandum of Agreement, is to provide governance advice to the NMDHB board on all strategic matters that impact on the health and disability status of Maori in the rohe/ region of Te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Maui through:

  • monitoring agreed Maori health and disability outcomes
  • positive influence of key strategic policy of the NMDHB relative to Maori;
  • monitoring engagement and participation activity of Maori at all levels of the DHB
  • monitoring activity that builds and develops Maori capacity
  • provision of strategic advice relative to key service development
  • provision of advice to NMDHB on relevant consultation for strategic projects.

“Kia Korowaitia aku mokopuna ki te korowaitanga hauora”
“Healthy As!”
“Healthy whanau are wealthy whanau – achieving our full potential and determining our future”

A 30 year vision has been developed for the district. This long-term vision will make sure that actions developed today will have a positive impact throughout the lives of children born this year.


Caroline Sainty
Iwi Health Board Administrator
Nelson Marlborough District Health Board
Private Bag 18, Nelson Mail Centre, Nelson 7042
Phone: 03 539 3521

Nelson City Council

Nelson City Council encourages the people who live within the city limits to live a healthy and active lifestyle through:

  • Funding provision of facilities, parks and reserves such as Saxton Field and Trafalgar Park as well as cycle ways and walk ways throughout the city.
  • Producing publications related to physical activity opportunities around the city including Boredom Busters for school holidays and the series of Walk and Bike Nelson booklets as well as a range of maps and other support information.
  • Supporting programmes including Way 2 Go, Big Day Out holiday programme and summer community events.
  • Providing liaison and advice to local organisation around physical activity, community development and other recreation and leisure opportunities.

Tasman Regional Sports Trust

Tasman Regional Sports Trust is one of 17 Regional Sports Trusts throughout New Zealand established in 1991.

  • Aim: to promote the ‘more people, more active, more often’ philosophy through quality facilitation and delivery of programmes via its four satellite offices; Sport Tasman, Sport Marlborough, Sport Buller and Sport Kaikoura.
  • Mission: to lead the development of physical activity, recreation and sport across the Top of the South Island.

Kimi Hauora Wairau

Kimi Hauora Wairau – Marlborough Primary Health Organisation was established in January 2004 to deliver the Government’s Primary Health Care Strategy. The PHO works with local communities and enrolled populations in the region’s eight general practices to:

  • Identify and remove health inequalities
  • offer access to comprehensive services to improve, maintain and restore people’s health.
  • co-ordinate care across service areas
  • develop the primary health care workforce.

Nelson Bays Primary Health

Nelson Bays Primary Health funds services to an enrolled population of 87,126 across the whole of the Nelson and Tasman Districts. The PHO works to achieve the Government’s vision for the provision of Primary Health Care Services by:

  • subsidizing services to improve access for identified sectors of the population.
  • initiating programmes and projects to improve access to primary care for disadvantaged groups.
  • providing health promotion and information to improve people’s knowledge and to encourage people to take responsibility for their own care.

Marlborough District Council

Marlborough District Council supports the people of Marlborough in making healthy choices for their own lifestyles, and being physically active. The Council provides parks and reserves, and sporting and recreational facilities across the district, helps ensure a safe environment for active transport choices, and encourages participation in community activities and events.

University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury, Education Plus contracts with the Ministry of Education to deliver professional development programmes and advice to educators working in schools and early childhood settings. This includes running seminars, courses and school based in depth work to help change practice within schools, based on the recognition that student achievement and health and physical wellbeing are strongly co-related.

The university will help to introduce the new Nutrition Guidelines into schools and to bring teachers up to speed with the new expectations.

Work and Income Regional Office

Work and Income serves individuals, families and communities through income support, pathways to employment and projects that promote social wellbeing.

Our role is one of social protection and social investment and our staff carry out specialised roles that cover the wide range of work we undertake. Case Managers provide frontline services and our Community Labour Market Team works with community groups to provide funding for employment outcomes. Our Regional Commissioner for Social Development oversees our collaborative work with councils and other government agencies on projects and initiatives that are beneficial to people in the wider community.